Forecast for SAT AUG 03
The first “iffy” weather forecast of the season
Early morning thunderstorms are rare. And they’re more often forecast INCORRECTLY than CORRECTLY. Still, the weather is something to keep an eye on this week.
If weather is truly severe, we’ll still have a Market, but we may invoke the “everybody under PATCO” rule. For more on what that might look like, scroll all the way to the bottom of this post.
For now, let’s take heart that the forecast is for SCATTERED thunderstorms and hope they scatter somewhere else.
Official forecast for SAT AUG 03
We’re going to go ahead and predict SUN for SAT.
Site Plan for SAT AUG 03
Peach Pie Contest!
Sharp eyes will have spotted the Zip Code spelled in pie crust. Tomorrow SAT AUG 03, to kick off Jersey Fresh Peach Month, we’ll host our annual Peach Pie Baking Contest. The roster is closed to new contestants (we reached our limit of 24 pies!), but it’s not too late to stop by during judging—it starts at 10am—and follow the tabulating of scores for Best Presentation, Best Peach Only pie, and Best Peach Plus pie.
Collingswood Foods SAT AUG 03
Collingswood Section. To emphasize our own community’s food economy, at the west end of the Market, Collingswood food businesses have their own section to promote their contributions to the Borough’s vibrant food scene.
Revolution Roasters handles the fresh-roasted beverages, while El Sitio provides fantastic Ecuadoran specialties including empanadas and Pan de Yuca (cassava cheese bread treats). Villa Barone features familiar favorite sauces, tasty zeppolis, sometimes their own fresh mozzarella. Sara’s Produce by special arrangement is the one source for produce NOT grown in New Jersey. Lost Bread Co. of Philadelphia has taken up the familiar bakery space.
Guest Vendors and Special Products
SAT AUG 03
Start your Shopping List!
- Kettle Run Farm
—Paula Middleman grows annuals and perennials in Marlton and crafts them into home decor items. Check out her space for moss-roofed birdhouses, annual wreaths, weathered wood items, and more.
- Indogrow Microgreens
—Microgreens are all they do, much to the delight of local chefs and foodies. These tiny green powerhouses pack a nutritional and tasteful wallop.
- Red Oak Permaculture
—In addition to bringing compost—and compost worms!—plus sustainability plans and advice, the guys of Red Oak are the go-to place to lay hands on a compost bin or rain barrel. Costs are subsidized by the Borough for Collingswood residents.
- Crisp & Co.
—Tom and his crew select and pickle the best of South Jersey produce so you don’t have to.
- Cheese Etc and Gourmet Gifts.
—We can always tell what’s in season by examining the Cheese Etc table. Ken and Gina pack their spreads and other delectables with Jersey Fresh produce, even local wine, beer, and coffee.
- Barn and Stone House Soap.
—Not just soap, but personal grooming and even home care products, all paraben and cruelty free.
Official Market Bloggers
Lisa Grant (Jersey Girl Cooks)
Tomato Microgreen Salad
Lisa Grant (Jersey Girl Cooks). Tomato Microgreen Salad! Rather than struggle with her own garden, this year, Lisa has been getting her tomatoes from Springdale Farms, Savoie Organic Farm, and Flaim Farms at the Collingswood Market. This week, she paired them with microgreens from Indogrow Farm and added blue cheese and a balsamic glaze. Check out her recipe and more glorious photos at Lisa’s blog.
Susan Mauer Lynch (Yellow Room Upstairs)
Quick and Easy Zucchini Bread
Susan Mauer Lynch (Yellow Room Upstairs). Quick and Easy Zucchini Bread! You may remember Susan’s recipe for “Z Bread” from an earlier season. This week’s recipe is a quicker and simpler version that results in a single loaf that takes a few minutes to construct and about an hour to bake. Her zucchini comes from A.T. Buzby Farm and her eggs from Hillacres Pride.
Live Music on Two Stages!
SAT AUG 03
LIVE MUSIC ON TWO STAGES FROM 9AM
JOHN ROSSI brings his guitar to the west stage for good-time tunes, silent singalongs, and general joyfulness. Often he’s joined by Jerry Mayall and six more strings.
NO RELATION BAND (SAM AND JACQUIE) in the Collingswood Music tent. No Relation takes many shapes and sizes, but this latest duo of Sam and Jacquie is the most harmonious yet. Tunes both fresh and familiar.
For the Art Lovers SAT AUG 03
FEATURED ARTIST. Aimee Eckert Relics Revisited. “My jewelry collection is constructed from original photographs, vintage bits, metal, clothing and various found and reclaimed odds and ends. I take the original found item and alter it to give it a new life. My collection is a careful mix of collage art and metalwork using a variety of ideas that make each piece one of a kind.”
Bag Reduction Program
Many of you know, but for those of you who don’t, I carry small bills for vendors who run out of singles during the Market day.
VENDOR PARKING PERMITS
It’s good business to save the best parking spaces for SHOPPERS! Most visitors will tell you it’s tough to find parking at the Market. We make things worse by parking our own vehicles in spaces that could be used and re-used many times by shoppers. Please encourage your table crew to park for free in the Lumberyard Parking Garage (just across Collings Avenue from the west entrance). There are plenty of spaces inside, and the walk back to the Market takes 3 minutes.
Flexible Site Plan
Changes will continue to occur throughout the season as vendors come and go and as we learn more about how neighbors interact. I remind you no spaces are ever guaranteed and require your cooperation if I have to move your location any given week.
Revised Weather Cancellation Plan
In 2018, we cancelled once for a forecast.
The weather forecast was dire, mostly for the tornado-intensity winds that were expected, so, although the Governor did not issue a Weather State of Emergency, we pre-emptively cancelled the Market.
The projected conditions did not materialize.
That was a mistake I don’t want to repeat.
My recommended solution.
- We will cancel the Market only if the Governor declares a Weather State of Emergency for Camden County.
- In the absence of a State of Emergency, but when heavy rain or wind
are severe enough that individual vendors elect to skip the Market,
or if we decide to cancel live music, volunteers, and nonprofits . . . we’ll relocate all participating farm and produce vendors to spaces beneath the Speedline.
- The plan below this list is a draft of how the Market could be run on a Severe Weather day.
- Most vendors will need to scale back their operations to find space under the Speedline, but we won’t have to cancel the Market.
- Feedback welcome.